Web Addresses


Primary ANS Contacts

General AIS:

  • Leslie Surprenant
    Leader, Invasive Species Coordination Unit
    NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
    Division of Lands and Forests
    625 Broadway, 5th Floor
    Albany, NY 12233-4250
    phone: 518.402.8980

Freshwater plants:

  • Scott A. Kishbaugh, PE
    Chief, Lake Monitoring and Assessment Section
    Bureau of Water Assessment and Management
    625 Broadway, 4th Floor
    Albany, NY 12233-4250
    phone: 518.402.8286


Panel Membership


  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    625 Broadway
    Albany, NY 12233


  • Leslie Surprenant
    New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
    Division of Lands and Forests, Invasive Species Coordination Unit


Species Actively Managed


  • NY does not have a state-wide invasive plant program; however, there are specific state-funded response projects that currently include Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), Water chestnut (Trapa natans), and Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and a number of plants managed in the Adirondack Park through an AIS response team including Common reed (Phragmites australis) and Eurasian water milfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum).


  • NY does not have a state-wide invasive animal program; however, active management of Asian clam (Corbicula fluminia) is occurring in one large lake in the Adirondack Region.


Other Established Species of Concern

Plants and animals



  • Implementation of twelve recommendations of former NY Invasive Species Task Force (applies to all taxa)
  • Eight Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management covering all of NY’s geography
  • NY Invasive Species Research Institute
  • NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse http://www.nyis.info
  • NY Invasive Species Database http://www.nyimpainvasives.org
  • NY Statewide Education and Outreach Partnership
  • NY Invasive Species Council – set in statute (nine agencies co-led by DEC and Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • NY Invasive Species Advisory Committee – set in statute to advise the Council (25 non-governmental representatives including conservation, agriculture, trade, and academia)
    State funding – Environmental Protection Fund – State Fiscal Year 2014 – 15 was $4.7 Million
  • Federal funding (mainly Great Lakes Restoration Initiative) – passed through to partners; supports control projects and boat steward programs in the Great Lakes drainage 

Protecting the marine and freshwater resources of the Northeast from invasive aquatic nuisance species